Svilanovic Roaming in the region could be harmonised with the EU even before accession

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Economies in the region must harmonise their roaming with the EU even before accession, said the secretary general of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic.

At the ITU Regional Development Forum for Europe, organised in the framework of international INFOFEST, in Budva today, Svilanovic said that RCC efforts focus on delivering concrete contributions on two regional initiatives: on roaming and broadband.

“Roaming is the area where our economies could be harmonised with the EU even before accession, and RCC will support them in this,” he said.

According to him, RCC’s support towards the digital transformation and ICT connectivity of our region features prominently in our next mid-term strategy.

As a result, Svilanovic said, continuous attention can be expected from RCC in the future.

“Our approach to the regional roaming initiative has focused on convening an inclusive Regional Roaming Platform and launching a legal, regulatory and market impact study of the Regional Roaming Agreement,” Svilanovic added.

As RCC stated, 55% of SEE business leaders believe eliminating mobile phone charges would be useful for their business.

Contributing to the regional roaming agenda, the RCC addressed the voices echoed by more than half of the 1,800 regional business leaders, surveyed in RCC’s Balkan Barometer survey, who find the elimination of roaming charges as particularly useful for their businesses.

“I am very happy to report to you today that the draft of the Study, which is pioneering in many aspects, has been shared with the regional administrations and will soon be finalized, so that it has a truly applicative value. It introduces into the debate a number of forward-looking recommendations and entails a comprehensive overview of the institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks and roaming traffic data in the WB6 region”, Svilanovic explained.

Svilanovic concluded that the RCC will work to expand geographical coverage of the Regional Roaming Agreement and will remain a vocal advocate for the regional approach in coordinating roaming policies and for more prominent integration of ICT in the regional ‘connectivity’ agenda, using every opportunity to raise due awareness.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro